Styes also known as hordeolum, are basically small, painful lumps which develop at the edge of the eyelid or on the eye itself. Styes can appear on the outside or inside of one eyelid or both the eyelids simultaneously. Internal styes which are similar to chalazia appear as a single painful red bump beneath the eyelid. The localized, circumscribed inflammation or abscess is caused by the blockage of one or more sebaceous glands due to staphylococcus bacterial infection.
This minor eye infection lasts only for a short duration of time, normally one week to ten days. Although individuals of all ages and both sexes can contract stye, this eye infection is particularly common among infants and very young children. Styes occur due to numerous factors including insomnia, poor personal hygiene, rubbing the eyes frequently and even malnutrition.
Home Remedies For Styes
1. Warm Cloth
Probably the best way to relieve the inflammation and pain due to stye, is to place a warm cloth over the affected eye. The heat which radiates from the cloth encourages the pus and water inside the stye to drain spontaneously. This is a safe and natural way to bring down the inflammation without resorting to potentially dangerous practices like inserting a heated needle inside the boil.
Take a clean face cloth and immerse it in a bowl of warm (not hot) water. Remove the facecloth from the bowl of water and wring out the excess liquid. Fold the facecloth in half and gently press it against the eyelid. The warm facecloth brings much relief from the swelling and pain, besides speeding up the healing time.
2. Coriander Seeds
This is a wonderful home remedy to treat styes. For this particular home remedy, boil one cup of water in a saucepan. Add one tablespoon of whole coriander seeds to the boiling water. Remove the saucepan from the heat source and allow the water to cool down. When the water has cooled down completely, sieve the coriander seeds. Wash the infected eye with this water. The cooling coriander seed water can help to reduce the swelling and provides almost instant relief from the stinging pain.
3. Tea Bags
Place a fresh tea bag in some hot water. Remove the teabag from the hot water and allow it cool down slightly. Place the warm tea bag on the eye. The soothing warmth which radiates from the tea bag helps to bring down the inflammation and pain due to stye infection. Furthermore, tannic acid which is naturally present in tea helps to shrink the stye.
4. Castor Oil
The viscous castor oil is a popular home remedy for treating styes. Take a clean cotton ball. Tip some pure castor oil into the cotton ball. Wipe the stye extremely gently with the cotton ball soused with castor oil. Ideally, apply castor oil after placing a warm facecloth on the stye. The castor can speed up the natural healing process.
To reduce the inflammation and pain due to a stye infection, place raw potato roundels on the eye. Wash the potato roundels nicely under cold running water before placing them on the eyes. Alternately, grind a small piece of raw potato to form a smooth paste. Add a couple of drops of warm water to the potato paste. Spread the potato paste on the stye. Leave the potato paste on the affected eye for a couple of minutes. Wipe off the excess potato paste gently with a face cloth dipped in warm water.
6. Dandelion Tea
So far we have examined several topical treatment options for stye. Besides the numerous topical home remedies mentioned above, you can also drink freshly brewed dandelion tea to bring down a stye infection. The powerful antibacterial properties of dandelion tea help to kill off the bacteria which are responsible for this eye condition.
Boil one cup of water and add one heaped teaspoon of fresh, whole cloves. Keep the saucepan containing the hot water and cloves aside, till such time that the water has cooled down completely. Sieve the cloves and transfer the liquid to a clean container. Dip a clean hand kerchief or even a tissue in this liquid. Wipe the infected eye several times with the wet cloth. The clove water helps to shrink the stye in an extremely short period of time.
To reduce the swelling and pain apply some warm milk on the stye. The lactic acid present in milk is thought to draw out the infection, thereby reducing swelling, and ultimately the pain. Dip a clean cotton ball in some warm milk and daub it on the stye. Leave the milk on the stye for a couple of minutes. Remove the excess milk with a warm, wet facecloth.
9. Aloe Vera
Never apply pure aloe vera gel on the stye as it will only worsen the swelling and pain. Instead, place a freshly cut aloe vera leaf on the stye. The cooling aloe vera leaf provides instant relief from the stinging pain and the swelling.
10. Fish Oil
This is a rare home remedy for treating styes. Omega 3 fatty acids present in fish oils can cure numerous skin conditions including styes. If you notice a painful stye develop on your eyelids, pop a fish oil capsule. Supplementing your diet with fish oil, can hasten the healing time. Remember not to take more than two capsules of fish oil a day.
To ease the terrible swelling and intense pain, place some fresh cucumber roundels on the eye. The soothing cucumber roundels can bring down the swelling in next to no time. Once the swelling abates, the pain will also reduce. You can even prepare a paste from fresh cucumber and milk. Apply this cooling paste on the stye. Close your eyes and relax for a couple of minutes. Wash off the excess paste with cool water.
12. Guava Leaves
Place some clean, fresh guava leaves in a pot containing boiling hot water. Allow the water to cool down completely. Strain the guava leaves and reserve the liquid. Dip a clean cloth in the liquid and wipe your eyes with it. This particular home remedy will help to restore the healthy state of your eyes very quickly.